Here's my book for my English Assessment, I've had some lovely people helping me with the book and making sure it is factually correct, I'd like to thank them now, Rua Research, Valorie Zimmerman, Jill Waight & Bv1dge. Click below to download it, enjoy!
So, over the past 2 months, plenty has happened. I have been successful in securing Work Experience and it is a DREAM! I'm working in an archive cataloging a collection for one week and maybe be able to work alongside a professional genealogist for the other week. I attended an evening class in Genealogy in UCC at the start of October and believe it or not... I was the only teenager there! I have also been lucky enough to be mentioned on the Extreme Genes podcast (Episode 298 - timestamp - 6:50) by David Allen Lambert. I will also be going to my FIRST ever genealogy conference at the RDS in Dublin on the 19th too!
I have also been given the opportunity by Paul Gorry, Vice President from the Irish Genealogical Research Society to receive a student membership to the IGRS. This I am certain will be a huge learning experience to help me improve my knowledge about Irish research and Irish genealogy in general. I would to thank all at the IGRS for giving me this wonderful opportunity to continue learning in this field. I have also been featured in Irish Genealogy News as well (Thank you so much Claire!)
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This time I'd thought I'd create a template for your ancestors to keep your Birth, Marriage and Death records all in the matter of 2 pages. In my case it works fine but I'm not sure if it'll suit you so I have put up a PDF so you can print it out and handwrite it yourself or the .DOCX file so you can alter it yourself to fit your needs. I was really happy when I finished it because I never thought I'd create something like this!
Hope this helps you organise your research and tweet/ send a pic of one of your finished versions. I'd love to see it being put to good use by you all
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Okay guys, new post for you all. Sorry for not posting for a while, felt like a bit of time off from doing the blog, but let's get into it!
These are some important things to notice in a marriage certificate that may help you with your research.
1) Where the marriage had taken place so that it may give you a clue as to where to find their birth cert or parent's marriage cert.
2) What registration district the church was located in again giving a hint to narrow down what district might be to your location.
3) What union the registration district is in.
4) What county the solemnization was done in.
5) Reference number for registrar (not much use to you though)
6) Date of Marriage
7) .Name and surname of bride and groom
8) Age of bride & groom, you may see the age of the bride and groom at the time or it'll say "Full" meaning that the person is OVER 21 years of age or "Under" if that person is over 18 but under the age of 21
9) Condition of bride and groom (spinster if a woman has never married and bachelor if a man has never married before, or it may say widow/widower if the person is marrying again.)
10) Occupation at time of marriage
11) Address of where the person was living at the time
12) Name and surname of the father of the bride and groom
13) Job that both father's had at the time of the bride and groom's marriage
14) Name of priest
15) Signature of bride and groom
16) Witnesses that are present at the time of the marriage
Well there you have it! Let me know in the comments your thoughts about the post or any slight errors I may have made. Stay tuned for more...
Step 1: Go to Google and search for Irish Genealogy. It'll be your first option in your search results
Step 2: Type in the name that you are looking for. I tend to not put in any location or a date. When it brings you to a list of what records you wish to search by, the best choice would be civil records. Although you can search church records, it'll only give you a select few church records (but since compiling data for this post I have since found out from Stephanie at @youririshlineage - that there are church records on FindMyPast that have been omitted from Irish Genealogy's archives of records) The dioceses that they have on Irish Genealogy are as follows:
These are limited as they remain under the control of the Catholic Church. Only an individual bishop/archbishops have the power to decide what records will be released (if they choose to release any as well). Some of the parish registers availible online date back to 1600 for example St. Audeon's Church in Dublin however the dates vary widely across the collection.
Step 3: Solve the Captcha and then put in your first and last name and tick the box and submit and then you're done!
You'll then have to try and find your record in a place that you knew or think they grew up in and also a decade where they lived through. See my post on Civil Registration Districts below to help you with that. Drop a comment below to let me know your thoughts or what you'd like to see done on my website next! Stay tuned for more...
DISCLAIMER: When it comes to how far you can go back the maximum range that you can go back to are:
Thanks to Jennifer at @eire_historian (on Instagram) for the fact-checking!
Patrick “Pax” Whelan was born on July 8th 1890 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford to Patrick Whelan and Bridget Carey. Pax would be the oldest of 5 siblings (in order as follows: Pax, Michael, Jack, Edmond & Mary (known as Maisie by family). Life for Pax & his family was difficult as his mother Bridget had passed away a month after Mary was born and Patrick was an invalid with arthritis, so Pax would have to help take care of his four other siblings. Unfortunately in 1918, Pax would lose another member of his family, his brother Edmond due to influenza.
In November of 1913, Pax had joined the Irish Volunteers shortly after it had been founded by Eoin MacNeill. On January 14th 1921, Pax had married Catherine (Cáit) Fraher, the daughter of local hurler & draper, Dan Fraher. Pax & Cáit would then have 4 children (Patrick, Mai (known as Mai by family), Dónal, Kathleen). In 1941, Cáit would sadly pass away and 6 years later, Pax’s daughter Mary would pass away from tuberculosis. On September 14th 1986, Pax had passed away at the age of 96.
So I would like to honour my Great-Grandad Pax and keep the memory of him and his life going strong. Stay tuned for more
Research! The thing that genealogy is a lot of the time.
Although as much as people wish to learn how to do family trees, it can be a difficult thing to start
That's why I am willing to help you with finding a few ancestors (I'm not a pro-genealogist yet!) if you need help in a certain place/places! All you have to do is drop me a quick email on all that you know about him/her (age at death or anything else of importance) and I'll reply with possible people that your ancestor might be. I am not in association with anyone/any company so what you and I see, absolutely NO ONE else sees!
Oh, and the price of the research??? FREE!
So if you want to take advantage of the opportunity send me a contact form on the contact page.
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So when you are searching for your ancestors especially in Ireland, you will have places called registration districts but what you'll always have to remember is that the place that you are looking for might not be a registration district, but don't get disheartened! How I figure it out is I punch in the place I think that the person was born (e.g. Ring in Co. Waterford) into Google Maps and I go looking for the distance from Ring to each of the districts. So in this case Ring is closest to Dungarvan so then I'd go looking for a cert of that person in Dungarvan. But you're probably going to have to find registration districts all by yourself won't you?
No you won't! I have all of them summed up in a 2 page document in this post. civil_registration_districts.docx click on file name highlighted in bold text to the left.